Me­te­oric book­ings for the 2012 so­lar eclipse

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IF you want to see the next so­lar eclipse you might have to head for the hills be­cause that is what a num­ber of peo­ple from over­seas will be do­ing.

When the so­lar eclipse is tipped to darken our sky at 8.11am on Novem­ber 14 next year, the Port Dou­glas re­gion will be one of the best ar­eas in Australia to see the eclipse.

Such is the ex­cite­ment be­ing gen­er­ated by the eclipse that a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional tourists have made book­ings at the Julatten Tableland Car­a­van Park since the mid­dle of last year, own­ers Naomi Hogan and Jake Kohn say.

“It’s been very ex­cit­ing for us and to have this in­ter­est and book­ings from peo­ple from all over the world is just bril­liant,” Ms Hogan said.

For those peo­ple who want to en­joy a tipple, a cour­tesy bus is also now avail­able to take guests just up the road to the High­lander Tav­ern.

Next year’s eclipse is tipped to start at 8.11am and fin­ish at 1pm.

As seen from earth, a so­lar eclipse oc­curs when the moon passes be­tween the sun and the earth, and the moon fully or par­tially cov­ers the sun.

This can hap­pen only dur­ing a new moon, when the sun and moon are in con­junc­tion as seen from earth.

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